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Northeast Classic Car Museum, Norwich

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The Northeast Classic Car Museum is a non-profit educational facility in Norwich, New York that collects and exhibits notable vehicles throughout the history of the United States. The museum opened on Memorial Day, 1997.
The museum was founded to encourage tourism in Chenango County, New York. The majority of the museum's collection is from the private collection of George Staley of Lincklaen, New York, who retired from the United States Air Force. The most notable cars that Staley maintained were produced by Franklin, which generated interest from the museum planners. Staley was running out of room for his vehicles when he was approached by the planners.
Over 160 vehicles from 1899 through the early 1970s are on display in five connected buildings. Permanent exhibits feature Franklin automobiles, luxury vehicles, post-war vehicles, and cars made in New York State. Other exhibits are featured on a changing basis.
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  • The only reason we had visited this museum was passing through on our way to Cooperstown. It was not on our itinerary at all, but Wow!, what an incredible classic car museum. It looks deceiving from.....  more
    The only reason we had visited this museum was passing through on our way to Cooperstown. It was not on our itinerary at all, but Wow!, what an incredible classic car museum. It looks deceiving from.....  more »
  • The best part was how friendly the staff was. Seeing all the beautiful vehicles. Loved seeing how headlights went from lanterns to battery operated. Enjoyed our visit very much!! 
    The best part was how friendly the staff was. Seeing all the beautiful vehicles. Loved seeing how headlights went from lanterns to battery operated. Enjoyed our visit very much!!  more »
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  • I drove from Manhattan to Norwich (3.5 hours) and I would do it again. The collection is the nicest one I've seen to date, everything is restored beautifully, and the museum itself is immaculate. The layout of the vehicles, the informational plaques, and the mannequins with the corresponding fashion for the decade are a nice touch. They have a small section of motorcycles amongst the cars. Those were also cool to see. Entry to the museum is $12 for adults, and it is quite large. The displays all flow into one another nicely. We walked through the museum in about 2-2.5 hours. The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. The day I visited, Sunday 5/15/2022, Stu Spencer was there and he is the nicest. They recently had some renovations done. They have a small gift shop with some interesting books, model cars, and sweet trinkets. We've been to a few car museums/exhibits and without a doubt this one is the best we've seen hands down. Highly recommend!
  • For anyone with even the slightest interest in classic, antique, or muscle cars, if you haven't visited the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich, NY, you really need to add this place to your bucket list. This shrine to American automobiles large and small is a real treasure among car museums and is very unique in many ways. And don't let the fact that this museum is located in a small town in upstate New York State make you think that it's not worth the drive here. With approximately 200 vehicles inside representing 100 years of automotive history from every American car manufacturer imaginable (as well as some unimaginable), there's a lot to see in this very underrated regional museum.┬áMy latest visit here during July 4th holiday weekend was actually my third visit in the last 15 years and, with each new visit, I'm pleasantly surprised by a significant new addition to this very impressive automotive shrine. And just completed in the Spring of 2022 is a stunning new retro facade which is a fitting tribute to what awaits you inside. In addition to the cars on permanent display here, you'll also find changing exhibits of special interest vehicles featured. Need more reasons to visit? How about the largest collection of Franklin motor cars in the world, or how about a special exhibit of vehicles manufactured in New York State, including several very rare cars. And if motorcycles are more your thing, they've got that covered too. Are there other car museums in NY State? Sure, a few, but you'll have to drive a lot further than Norwich just to see a vehicle collection of this size, variety, and quality. I highly recommend a visit. Now, some details for your visit. There's free parking in the paved lot directly across from the museum. All of the vehicles are located on the ground floor of the museum with easy access from the outside, and wide isles inside. A large gift shop located in the lobby offers a wide variety of gift items at very reasonable prices. As of this review (July 2022), admission for adults is $12, a reasonable price for everything you'll see here. Another plus is the friendly people working here. Some detailed background history is provided for each vehicle. Allow at least two hours for your first visit. Want to know more about what automotive treasures you'll find here? Take a look at the freshly posted photos that I've added to this review. Enjoy, and thanks for reading this review.

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